Tigers fall in overtime to University of Cincinnati-Clermont

Campbellsville-Somerset sophomore wing Malik Lovan came off the bench on Saturday to score 18 points, but it wouldn’t be enough, as the Tigers fell to Cincinnati-Clermont in overtime 99-92.
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By DOUG EADS

Forget about the old sports adage, ‘Feast or Famine’.

For Al Gover and the Campbellsville-Somerset University Tigers, Saturday’s game against visiting Cincinnati-Clermont was a version of ‘Famine-Feast-Famine’.

And as a result of the latter, it was Gover and the Tigers dropping another heartbreaker, falling to the visiting Cougars by a final score of 99-92 in overtime.



The culprit in this one you might ask?

As has been the case for much of the season, what did in the Tigers on Saturday was missed opportunities at the charity stripe, and costly turnovers at winning time.

CU-Somerset was 0-3 from the free throw line in the overtime period – one of those being the front end of a one and one – and the University of Cincinnati-Clermont took advantage.

The Cougars didn’t hardly miss a shot in the extra session – from the field or the free throw line for that matter – dropping CU-Somerset to 5-14 on the season with a fourth consecutive loss.

“In overtime in a close game like that, free throws are obviously very crucial, and we just didn’t make them today when it mattered,” lamented coach Al Gover immediately following the game.

“We had several turnovers today, and we had two or three in a row with just about a minute and half to go in the game,” added the Tigers head coach. “When you fail to cash in at the free throw line, and you have two or three turnovers in a row at crunch time in a close game against a quality opponent like Cincinnati-Clermont, it’s going to get you beat, and that’s exactly what happened to us today.”

For Campbellsville-Somerset to even get back in this game was impressive.

The Cougars came out of the gate and threw and landed what looked to be the proverbial knockout punch against CU-Somerset from the very outset.



Cincinnati-Clermont jumped out in front of Somerset 22-6 early on, but Gover’s crew would not go down without a fight.

TC Wright paced the way for the homestanding Tigers with 22 points, while Malik Lovan came off the CU-Somerset bench to add 18 points.

Thanks to weathering that early storm, the Tigers only trailed this one at the intermission by a score of 47-41.

Early in the second half, CU-Somerset maintained the momentum in this affair.

In fact, at about the midway point of the second frame, it was the Tigers with a nine-point lead over Cincinnati-Clermont, leading the Cougars by a 65-56 margin.

However, coach Steve Ellis and the Cougars had one final run left as well.

UCC fought back from that nine-point deficit, and actually took a 79-76 lead late in the contest, but with his club down 82-80, Lovan scored a basket on a nice move down in the paint for the Tigers, forcing the game into overtime at 82-82.

In that extra five-minute session, the Cougars played an almost flawless five minutes of basketball, hitting shot after shot, while the Tigers missed those three crucial free throws, while turning the ball over on three consecutive possessions late in the OT period.



Ballgame!

“Right now, we just have way too many trips down the floor for whatever reason, we’re just not focused and ready to execute and get the job done,” Gover stated.

“I mean you’re up eight or nine points in the game with about eight minutes to go – you keep that lead by guarding and rebounding– and we lost focus at that juncture, and we didn’t do either of those things very well in that stretch coming down to the end of the game,” added the CU-Somerset coach.

Besides Wright and Lovan, CU-Somerset put three other players in double figures in the loss.

Jalen Howard had 17 points, Antwan Hurt added 12 points, and AJ Thomas netted 10 points for the Tigers.

For the University of Cincinnati-Clermont, the Cougars were led by Kort Justice who tallied a game-high 26 points, while John Aicholtz added 23 points, Clay Spivey tallied 19 points, and David Hunter had 18 points.

The Tigers – 5-14 on the season – will return to action this coming weekend, playing a pair of games at Great Lakes Christian College up in Lansing, Michigan.

CU-Somerset’s next home game is on Friday, February 14th at 7:30 p.m. against Grace Christian College at Somerset Christian School.



Admission to the game is free.



Tigers run out of gas, fall to UMW 99-86

Sophomore guard AJ Thomas scored 20 points on Saturday afternoon, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Tigers fell to 5-12 on the season with a 99-86 loss to Mississippi Women’s College.
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By DOUG EADS

Head coach Al Gover and the Campbellsville-Somerset University Tigers simply can not get a break — unless it’s a bone to one of the Tigers players.

With the news that leading scorer Keelan Kennedy had been lost for the season with a torn Achillies injury, Gover and the Tigers took to the court on Saturday afternoon once again playing with a depleted roster, only dressing eight players.

And, visiting Mississippi Women’s College took full advantage.



Despite a valiant effort, Gover and the Tigers succumbed to fatigue in the second half, eventually falling to the visiting Owls by a final score of 99-86, falling to 5-12 on the season.

“I’m proud of the people that we had out there today, and I’m very proud of the effort,” stated coach Gover immediately following the contest.

“You could see in the second half that we just didn’t have the giddy up in our step like we did in the first half,” lamented the Tigers head coach. “That comes from playing 39 to 40 minutes, and in a college basketball game, you just can’t do that.”

With starting center Meith Reclow — who has only played one game this season — out again due to various reasons — Gover and the Tigers had to play for much of the game with five guards, due to an early injury to center Deion Finnison.

Finnison scored eight points early on and was playing very well, but he left the game barely 10 minutes into the contest after taking a hard hit to his head against the floor.

Still, the Tigers were more than holding their own.

CU-Somerset led by as many as 14 points in the first half at 34-20, but with five guards on the floor being forced to play for much of the game due to that severe lack of depth, UMW took advantage.

The Owls took their first lead of the contest with just over 15 minutes left in the game at 54-53, and Gover’s club could never get over the proverbial hump to get back out in front after relinquishing the lead.



The Owls shot 55.2 percent from the field in the second half, hitting on 16-29 field goal attempts, taking advantage of CU-Somerset’s fatigue which was setting in, along with a big-time size advantage on the interior.

“We do have some injuries right now, but we’ve got some situations where it’s just a lack of responsibility,” pointed out coach Gover.

“If we could put everybody together and have everybody take care of their business, we would be a pretty good team in my opinion,” added the Tigers coach. “However, until some of our guys do the things they need to do, we’re going to continue to struggle with a lack of depth.”

Tavonta Jones led the Owls in the win, as he scored a game-high 32 points for UMW, while Tre Pinkston added 16 points and Milos Zeradjanin scored 13 of his 15 points for the game in the second half.

Meanwhile, CU-Somerset got a team-high 25 points from freshman guard TC Wright, while AJ Thomas added 20 points.

Sophomore guard Antwan Hurt also hit for double figures in the loss for the Tigers with 11 points.

CU-Somerset — 5-12 on the season — will return to action on Monday night, going on the road to Knoxville to square off against Crown College.

The Tigers will return home on Saturday afternoon, January 25th at Somerset Christian School to take on the University of Cincinnati-Clermont.



That game is slated to tip off at 1 p.m. Admission to the game is FREE!



Tigers hold back Simmons College 88-85

Campbellsville-Somerset’s Meith Reclow made a successful season debut on Monday night, scoring 18 points and pulling down eight rebounds helping the Tigers to a hard-fought, 88-85 win over Simmons College.
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By DOUG EADS

After a four-week layoff, the Campbellsville-Somerset University Tigers returned to action on Monday night at Somerset Christian School, and Al Gover’s club held on down the stretch for a much-needed win.

Deion Finnison led CU-Somerset with 22 points, TC Wright added 21 points, and Meith Reclow made a successful season debut with 18 points, helping the Tigers win back to back games for the first time this season with a hard-fought, 88-85 win over Simmons College out of Louisville.

“I was really pleased with our kid’s effort tonight,” stated a very happy coach Gover after the game.



“After having so much time off between games, I didn’t know for sure what to expect, but we had been back with a week of practice before this game, so I thought we would come out and play well,” added the Tigers head coach. “We had practiced really hard leading up to this game, and I’m extremely proud with how well we competed.”

This game was a back and forth affair for much of the contest, with Simmons College holding a slim, 47-45 lead over the Tigers at halftime.

The Falcons – coached by former University of Louisville standout guard Jerry Eaves – came out of the gate and shot the lights out early on, especially from downtown.

Guard Jonathon Henry made 6-7 field goal attempts from behind the three-point arc in the opening half of play, scoring 20 of his 29 points in the first half.

Still, the Tigers were right there with Simmons College, aided in large part by Reclow, who made his season debut for Somerset.

Reclow tallied 18 points and pulled down eight boards in the win, and he led CU-Somerset on a huge run early in the second half, helping the Tigers take control of the contest.

Thanks to a 13-0 spurt by CU-Somerset early in the second frame, Gover and crew led this one 67-54, and eventually built up the lead to as many as 14 points at 70-56, before Simmons College would rally.

Thanks to a 16-4 run by the visiting Falcons, Simmons had trimmed the Somerset lead down to only 74-72 with 8:04 remaining in the contest.



From that point on, the Falcons had three different opportunities to tie the game or take the lead with a three, and on all three trips at the defensive end of the court, it was CU-Somerset that came up with a big-time stop, on each of those three possessions, when the Tigers needed a defensive stop at winning time.

“When you have a big lead like we had there in the second half, it comes down to defensive rebounding,” pointed out Gover.

“With the game on the line, we did get defensive stops and we got on the defensive boards,” added the CU-Somerset coach. “We did what we needed to do, and I’m very pleased with the win.”

Despite the win, and despite the fact the Tigers got Reclow back for the first time from injury, and also saw the season debut of guard Jaylen Howard, Somerset still hasn’t had its full roster for a game for the entire season.

Keelan Kennedy – who had been on a tear for CU-Somerset scoring 111 points over the Tigers last three games headed into the Christmas break – was out on Monday night due to a leg injury suffered in a pickup game over the holidays.

For Gover, it’s been get one or two back, and see one or two go down with injury for the entire season, and on Monday night, it was just more of the same for the Tigers head coach.

“We haven’t had everybody together for the entire year, and I was really looking forward coming back from the break and having everybody together, but it just didn’t work out that way,” stated Gover.

“I feel pretty good about this bunch, and I’d like to have that other scorer out there, but the other kids are just going to have to step it up,” continued the Tigers coach. “Meith (Reclow) did a really good job with his first game back, and he’s a kid that can really score the basketball.”



Malik Lovan also hit for double figures in the win for the Tigers with 14 points, helping CU-Somerset improve to 5-10 on the season.

Gover and the Tigers will return to action on Thursday night at Elizabethtown Community College, before returning home on Saturday at 3 p.m. to face the University of Mississippi Women’s College.

That game will be at Somerset Christian School, and admission to the game is absolutely FREE!!



Tigers end first half of season with big-time win

Campbellsville-Somerset University’s Keelan Kennedy scored a game-high 29 points on Monday night, helping lead the Tigers to a 114-75 win over Elizabethtown Community College.
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By DOUG EADS

The Campbellsville-Somerset University Tigers gave head coach Al Gover an early Christmas present on Monday night at Somerset Christian School.

Playing Elizabethtown Community College in the final game of the first half of the season, Gover’s club turned up the intensity at the defensive end of the floor, forcing the Barons into a mind-boggling 38 turnovers for the contest.

The Tigers tallied 30 steals, and put six players in double figures, on their way to an impressive, 114-75 beatdown over Elizabethtown CC.



The win improved Campbellsville-Somerset’s won-loss record to 4-10 on the season, and it was a win that was a much-needed victory.

The Tigers had lost their previous three games by a total of 12 points, but on Monday night, Gover and crew put this issue away early on in an impressive performance.

“I told our guys that we needed to pick up the tempo tonight, because we came out a little lethargic and let them hang around with us for a while,” pointed out coach Gover.

“I told our guys to get up and down the court, play defense, and just go play,”added the Tigers head coach. “When we started to doing that, defensively, I thought we got a little better. We held them to 75 points, and that was our goal before the game, to hold them to 75 points or less.”

The Tigers – after the first five minutes of the contest – to this game by the throat.

Still, Elizabethtown CC stayed close, only trailing the Tigers 52-39 at the intermission thanks to 18 points from Trey Richardson.

However,the Barons wilted in the second, turning the ball over 38 times, thanks to those 30 steals by the Tigers.

Meanwhile,at the offensive end of the court, Gover’s club – with only eight players dressed in uniform – put on an offensive clinic at times.



Keelan Kennedy – who has been on a tear of late – led the Tigers with 29 points. Kennedy was one of six players that CU-Somerset had hit double figures for the contest.

Deion Finnison added 19 points, while leading the Tigers with a game-high 15 rebounds, while Antwan Hurt and TJ Owes each added 17 points.

TC Wright chipped in with 11 points and Jacorion Johnson added 10 points, on a night when the Tigers deserved and got a much-needed victory.

“Everybody that came in tonight contributed to this win, and I think we had six guys in double figures, and Nick (Longmire) had eight points and had seven rebounds, so he contributed in more ways than just scoring,” stated Gover.

“It is gratifying to see kids that work hard every day and come into the game and produce while they’re in there,” added the CU-Somerset head coach. “I’m proud of Nick and all of our guys with their performance tonight.”

The Tigers – 4-10 on the season – will have about a four-week layoff before resuming play in January.

CU-Somerset’s next game will be on January 13th at Somerset Christian School, when the Tigers will host Simmons College out of Louisville.

That game is set to get underway at 7:30 p.m.



ECC – 39 36 – 75

CU-S – 52 62 – 114

Elizabethtown CC – Richardson 32, George 18, Pearsol 7, Height 6, Mumford 6, Garrison 4, Boulware 2.

CU-Somerset– Kennedy 29, Finnison 19, Owes 17, Hurt 17, Wright 11, Johnson 10, Longmire 8, Thomas 3.



Tigers mail one in, fall to Johnson University, 112-74

Campbellsville-Somerset University head basketball coach Al Gover was not all smiles on Monday night, after watching his club fall 112-74 to Johnson University in a very lackluster effort.
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By DOUG EADS

Coming out of the Thanksgiving break, Campbellsville-Somerset University head basketball coach Al Gover was looking for his club to get back on track on Monday night, hosting a very good Johnson University team out of Knoxville,Tennessee.

Unfortunately,after 40 minutes of hoops on Monday evening at Somerset Christian School, the Tigers head coach didn’t have a whole lot to be thankful for after witnessing his club’s performance against the visiting Royals.

In fact, the numbers in this one was down right ugly for CU-Somerset.



Johnson University shot 54.7 percent from the field for the game, hitting on 41-75 field goal attempts, which included going over 50 percent – 16-30 — from behind the three-point line.

Meanwhile,the Tigers shot under 40 percent from the field, hitting on 32-86 field goal attempts, made an abysmal 4-14 from the free throw line, and were guilty of 23 turnovers on the night.

In all, it added up to a 112-74 blowout loss for CU-Somerset, dropping Gover and crew to 3-7 on the season and the Tigers head man was not a happy camper afterwards as one might imagine.

“That’s a very good team we just played, there’s no doubt, but I’m very disappointed in our energy level tonight and the enthusiasm that our kids played with,”lamented Gover after his team’s latest loss.

“When you can’t play hard as a basketball player and give it your all, something’s wrong, and you probably need to look into a mirror,” Gover added.

In a sign of things to come, the Royals scored the first 10 points of the contest before the Tigers ever saw a ball go through the hoop.

And, despite righting the ship albeit momentarily in cutting the deficit to 17-14 early on, this was not going to be the Tigers night.

Johnson University, shooting a blistering plus-50 percent from the field for the entire night, went on a 9-0 run after CU-Somerset had trimmed the deficit down to only three points to take a 29-14 lead over the Tigers, and were never really threatened again.



Behind the 15 first half points from the Royals’ Cody Jones and 11 from Gavin Grubb, the Tigers found themselves in a big-time hole at the intermission, trailing in this one by 20 points at 58-38.

In the second half, things didn’t get any better for coach Gover and the Tigers.

CU-Somerset trimmed the deficit down to 14 points early in the second frame, trailing the Royals at 60-46, but Johnson University went on another run, this time a 20-4 spurt, to ice this one away by leading 80-50 at the midway point of the second half.

And, it was turnovers, lack of execution at the offensive end, and a lack of hustle and effort that was the demise for the Tigers on this night – all things that didn’t go unnoticed by the head coach.

“The one thing we talked to our kids at halftime about and after the game was that I’m not going to continue to work as hard as we do if a kid is not receptive to coaching,” stated Gover very matter of factly.

“We’ll just put you on the back burner and find someone who is coachable,” added the Tigers head coach. “For the most part, most of these kids are coachable, but some of them are really going to have to work on that.”

TC Wright led the Tigers in the loss with a team-high 22 points, while Deion Finnison joined him in double figures with 16 points.

CU-Somerset will return to action on Sunday afternoon at Pulaski County High School, taking on Great Lakes Christian College at 3:30 p.m.





Tigers roar, blow out Crown College

CU-Somerset’s Antwan Hurt came off the Tigers bench on Monday night and played a solid game. Hurt hit four of six field goal attempts, scoring nine points and dishing out five assists, in helping lead coach Al Gover’s club to an impressive, 117-84 win over Crown College.
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By DOUG EADS

Coming off a 31-point loss over the weekend at West Virginia Tech, the Campbellsville University-Somerset Tigers got well and got well in a hurry on Monday night at Somerset Christian School.

Al Gover’s club coming into the game with a 2-5 record, hosted Crown College out of Powell, Tennessee and rebounded big-time while making an emphatic statement.

CU-Somerset put six players in double figures, had 10 players to score, dished out 32 assists, and shot 52.2 percent from the field for the game, on its way to an impressive, 117-84 win over the Crusaders.



“We’ve been preaching to our guys as far assists go that we need at least 20 per game, and we had 14 tonight at halftime, however the problem was, we also had 14 turnovers,” stated Gover immediately following the game.

“At least we were looking for each other tonight, and did a better job of doing that,” continued the Tigers head coach. “We’ve come a ways as far as trying to play together, and we’re sharing the ball more. We’ve got some more to do, and defensively, we need to get better and take some pride in stopping people.”

In a high-scoring affair, about the only thing the Tigers didn’t do well early was protect the basketball, turning the ball over 14 times in the opening half of play.

Still, even with that, CU-Somerset led Crown College by a 56-42 margin at the intermission.

In the second half, that’s when the Tigers put this one away and put things on cruise control, and everybody got in on the act for Gover’s club.

Somerset only turned the ball over three times over the final 20 minutes of play, while dishing out 18 assists in the frame.

The Tigers dished out a season-high 32 assists in the game, led by center Deion Finnison who tallied seven assists in the contest for CU-Somerset.

Geordan Reed tried to keep the Crusaders in this one by scoring a game-high 32 points, but Gover and crew had too much fire power for Crown to get back into this one.



The Tigers placed six players in double figures, led by TJ Owes who scored 17 points in the win for CU-Somerset.

Kenyan McKee tallied 16 points, Trevon Cooper scored 15 points, Finnison and Kevin Cofer each added 14 points, and Malik Lovan notched 11 points on a night when CU-Somerset made 47-90 field goal attempts for 52.2 percent, while dishing out those 32 assists.

“We had six guys in double figures, and we did a great job of sharing the basketball with each other tonight,” pointed out Gover.

“We played against a lot of two-three zone tonight which we don’t see very often, and we had been working some against that, but we have some more work to do in that area as well,” Gover added.”Our kids knew what to do, but we did get stagnant at times. Any win is a good win, and we’ll take it and go to K-State (Kentucky State) tomorrow and see if we can get another one.

The Tigers returned to action on Tuesday afternoon at Kentucky State, and will return home next Monday night, December 2nd at Somerset Christian School to face Johnson Bible College at 7:30 p.m.

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Tigers fall at West Virginia Tech

By DOUG EADS

The Campbellsville-Somerset University Tigers — coming off an impressive win earlier last week over Welch College — got back at it over the weekend, playing on the road at West Virginia Tech.

Al Gover’s club — coming in as an underdog in this one — hung tough with the home team in the opening half, but thanks to Tech’s ability to hit from downtown, it was the Tigers falling to 2-5 on the season with a 101-70 setback to the Golden Bears.

Early on, the Tigers were able to stay within striking distance, only trailing Tech in this one 47-38 at the intermission.



However in the second half, the Golden Bears put their foot on the gas pedal and pulled away from Somerset.

For the game, West Virginia Tech outscored CU-Somerset 30-12 from behind the three-point line, hitting 10-27 field goal attempts from downtown.

Meanwhile, the Golden Bears outscored Gover’s club from the free throw line 17-8, and outrebounded the Tigers 45-33.

And, it all added up to a 101-70 loss for the Tigers, dropping CU-Somerset to 2-5 on the season.

CU-Somerset put three players in double figures in the loss, led by Keelan Kennedy who tallied 11 points.

Antwan Hurt and Kevin Cofer each chipped in with 10 points in the loss for the Tigers.

CU-Somerset will return to action tonight at Somerset Christian College, hosting Crown College at 7:30 p.m.

Admission to the game is free.